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People who have certain bacterial infections may benefit from the prescription medication Cipro® (ciprofloxacin).
This drug belongs to a group of antibiotics called fluoroquinolones, or "quinolones" for short. It is available as a tablet, an oral liquid suspension, and an intravenous (IV) solution. Cipro is typically taken twice daily, with about 12 hours between doses.
As an antibiotic, Cipro works by killing certain bacteria that cause infections. It does this by interfering with two bacterial enzymes, which are needed for the bacteria to multiply.
Before beginning treatment with Cipro, make sure your healthcare provider has information on your medical history. For example, you may not be able to take this medication if you have certain medical conditions, such as kidney disease, tendon problems, or nerve problems. This antibiotic can also cause drug interactions with several medicines, so make sure to tell your healthcare provider about anything you are taking, including vitamins and nonprescription drugs.
(For more complete information on this medication, click Cipro. Topics discussed in this full-length article include dosing guidelines, potential side effects, and safety issues to be aware of while taking it.)
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